US engineering giant McDermott International is partnering with the Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in a bid to speed up the development of carbon capture technologies.

McDermott revealed this week it was working with Australia’s national science agency to evaluate technical and commercial opportunities for the deployment of CSIRO's carbon capture technologies for energy and heavy industry applications.

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McDermott states it will bring to the partnership its four decades of experience in more than 200 carbon capture and carbon separation projects, applying technologies with low-carbon delivery potential and global deployment.

"Carbon capture is fundamental to achieving a net-zero future while maintaining affordable, accessible energy and decarbonizing resources," said McDermott chief operating officer Samik Mukherjee.

"We welcome the opportunity to work with CSIRO to advance scalable, flexible carbon capture solutions for industrial and energy applications."

The CSIRO is currently working on reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, with its research currently focused on deploying large-scale demonstration projects that could provide a pathway for industry to adopt the technologies at full scale.

The organisation is also involved in the development, commissioning and operation of pilot post combustion capture plants, both in Australia and overseas.

"CSIRO has substantial experience in the development of low-emission technologies such as carbon dioxide capture," CSIRO group leader Amir Aryana said.

"By collaborating with the industry, we demonstrate the strength of applying key technologies at scale, while ensuring the lowest possible cost and highest performance."

The CSIRO has also developed new solid adsorbent materials to directly capture carbon dioxide from the air. It claims the low-energy-required adsorbents can be reused multiple times and are easily rechargeable.

It believes its adsorbents can play a role in helping industry transition to net zero emissions, as well as for supplying CO2 for uses such as in greenhouses, breweries and building materials.

The CSIRO claims custom-built micropores in its new solid adsorbent technology attract and trap CO2 molecules, while allowing other atmospheric molecules to pass by.